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Häxan (The Witches)
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Häxan (The Witches)

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Danish filmmaker Benjamin Christensen's obsession with bizarre lighting effects reached its apotheosis with his 1922 masterpiece Häxan. Beginning in a deceptively sedate fashion with a series of woodcuts and engravings (a technique later adopted by RKO producer Val Lewton), the film then shifts into gear with a progression of dramatic vignettes, illustrating the awesome power of witchcraft in the Middle Ages. So powerful are some of these images that even some modern viewers will avert their eyes from the screen. Though obviously a work of pure imagination, the film occasionally takes on the dimensions of a documentary, a byproduct of the extensive research done by Christensen before embarking on the project (incidentally, the director himself can be seen in the film in a dual role as Satan and the Doctor). Häxan marked a parting of the ways for Christensen and the Danish film industry; thereafter, he confined his activities to the German cinema, before answering Hollywood's call in 1928. A separate version of this film exists, with a shorter running time, retitled Witchcraft Through the Ages and released in 1968. It features narration by the legendary Beat writer William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch) and a score by Jean-Luc Ponty. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Actors: Maren Pedersen,
Maren Pedersen
Maren Pedersen
Clara Pontoppidan,
Clara Pontoppidan
Clara Pontoppidan
Elith Pio,
Elith Pio
Elith Pio
Oscar Stribolt,
Oscar Stribolt
Oscar Stribolt
Tora Teje,
Tora Teje
Tora Teje
John Andersen,
John Andersen
John Andersen
Benjamin Christensen
Benjamin Christensen
Benjamin Christensen
Director: Benjamin Christensen
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Release: 1922
IMDb: 7.7
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Duration: 91 min
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